Barely since the launch of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI and before the 2015 Golf goes on sale in August, the vehicles are recalled for a stabilizer rod malfunction. It’s not the best possible foot forward right out of the gate, but it’s nothing catastrophic and VW seems to have recognized and addressed the problem swiftly.
The Problem: On 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf models produced between January 27 and May 12, 2014, stabilizer rod fasteners may not have been torqued properly during assembly at Volkswagen’s Puebla, Mexico plant. Over time the fasteners can come loose, and customers will be able to hear a lot of noise coming from the front of the vehicle. If the fasteners fully detach, it may take increased effort to steer, increasing the risk of a crash. The issue of noise from the front axle was first reported during the 2015 Volkswagen GTI and Golf launch period, and VW followed up with a full analysis which revealed possibly loose fasteners as a result of handling faults in assembly.
The Fix: Volkswagen will alert owners to the recall, and dealers will be instructed to replace the front stabilizer fasteners at no cost to the vehicle owners. As of now, no accidents or injuries have been reported in accordance with this recall, identified as Volkswagen recall 40K9/1W.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: Approximately 2001 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf vehicles may have these improperly torqued front stabilizer rods.